The first few days
After we made it up to the Mom and Baby Unit, we met our nurse for the evening, got oriented to the unit and told what was expected of me (urinate, breastfeed and drink lots of water). We settled in for the evening and tried to catch some sleep. Between Hannah wanting to eat, not wanting to sleep unless being held, dirty diapers needing changing and the intermittent checks by the nurse we hardly slept. C had a hard time sleeping on the less than comfortable couch/bed so I think he got even less sleep than I.
The next day my OB came in to say hi and check on me and the pediatrician visited Hannah. We had a new nurse for the day shift and she was just as wonderful as the night shift nurse. C’s mom and sister came to visit and brought lunch. My college roomie also stopped by for a visit and to meet Hannah. It was so great that she took the time to drive out and see us on a Friday afternoon. C’s dad came by as well to visit for a short time before heading to a meeting. We also had her first pictures taken by the hospital photographer and Hannah had her hearing checked – which she passed with flying colors! Someone from the hospital stopped by to submit information for her social security number and gave us a form to obtain her birth certificate. The lactation consultant also came by at our request to help with breastfeeding. It was a busy day so once everyone had left and it was just us that evening C and I had a little birthday celebration. We enjoyed a mini chocolate bundt cake I’d made the night before the induction and a bottle of champagne. Sadly, after a small amount of champagne I had a raging headache and didn’t get to enjoy it much. The cake was delicious though! That night we had difficulty sleeping again so we walked the halls with little Miss in her bassinet. We got some funny looks from the unit secretary but otherwise was uneventful.
Saturday morning was a busy time as Hannah had her bilirubin checked, blood drawn, footprints taken and checked by the pediatrician to be cleared for discharge home. We met again with the lactation consultant who was even better than the one we’d seen the previous day. C’s dad and stepmom came by again to visit until we were discharged. Once the OB on call for my doctor came to see me we were ready to get out of there. I changed into real clothes for the first time in a couple days and we packed up the vast amount of stuff we brought and collected while in the hospital. We put Hannah in the car seat and she quickly fell asleep. Finally, they wheeled me down to the car and we were off to start our new lives at home!
I can’t say enough great things about our experience at the hospital. We had great nurses, doctors and support staff. Everyone we came into contact with was nice, supportive and respectful. If we have another baby I would not hesitate to give birth at the same hospital!